Mariners Analysis: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

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Jul 9, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) and catcher Mike Zunino (3) walk to the dugout prior to the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. The Mariners won 7-1.. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

 Stock Up: Félix Hernández

In Felix Hernandez’s last start, he hurled 7 shutout innings, allowing just 5 hits while striking out 6 and walking 2. While those are not signature King Felix numbers, what made it impressive for me was when and against whom he did it against. He shut down an Angels’ lineup that had been hot before they ran into Hernandez, and went deep into the ball game in doing so. It was also a key series, as the M’s desperately needed to win the series to gain some ground in the standings. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for the M’s, but you certainly can’t blame Felix.

I could type something up on how I think Felix is great, but that is beating a dead horse, as everyone knows that. But, I do want to highlight one stat in particular. Felix Hernandez has not allowed more than 1 earned run in any of his last 8 starts against the L.A. Angels. That’s incredibly impressive, and to have that streak against a divisional rival speaks volumes about the King’s ability to gear up for big games.

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